85 Tenth Ave., nr. 16th St.; 212-497-8090
With an executive chef like Lupa vet Mark Ladner and a three-course menu featuring dishes such as handmade orecchiette lamb-neck ragù or a lobster salad alla oreganata, $39 is, well, plain ridiculous.
469 Sixth Ave., nr. 11th St.; 212-675-4295
Just $15 will get you two hearty courses at this upscale Thai restaurant, like chilled sao nam noodles or spicy arctic char gang som.
1 Central Park W., nr. 60th St.; 212-299-3900
The legendary two-course lunch runs at $38 and you can add courses for $19 a pop. For those feeling splurge-y, a full tasting menu featuring seasonal produce is also available for $148.
88 Tenth Ave., nr. 16th St.; 212-989-8883
Less than $26 at Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Chelsea Market space will get you a cute (but by no means little) bento box including your choice of wagyu beef, sea bass, black cod, or seasonal vegetables, plus salad, soup, sushi, tempura, and panna cotta.
Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Ave., nr. 21st St.; 212-777-2410
Danny Meyer’s evocation of a Roman trattoria at the Gramercy Park Hotel offers a three-course menu for $35: Your choice of any antipasto and entrée on the menu, finished off with house-made biscotti.